Today in History - June 14
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This is Flag Day in the US.
1170 Jun 14,
Henry II of England crowned his son as heir apparent in a ritual
performed by the archbishop of York.
(ON, 8/20/11, p.2)
1381 Jun 14, The Peasant’s
Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxed when rebels marched on Jordan,
plundered, burned and captured the Tower of London and killed the
Archbishop of Canterbury. The revolt was a response to a statute
intended to hold down wages during a labor shortage.
1594 Jun 14, Orlando di Lasso
(b.~1532), Franco-Flemish composer, died in Munich. He was the
most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the
16th century. Along with Palestrina (of the Roman School), he is
considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic
style of the Franco-Flemish School.
1642 Jun 14, Massachusetts
passed the first compulsory education law in the colonies.
1645 Jun 14, In England Oliver
Cromwell’s army routed the King’s army at Naseby.
1755 Jun 14, In England work
began on a 2nd edition of Dr. Johnson's "Dictionary" for publication
in weekly installments.
1775 Jun 14, The Continental
Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was founded when the
Continental Congress first authorized the muster of troops under its
(HN, 6/14/98)(AP, 6/14/07)
1777 Jun 14, The Continental
Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes, created by
Betsy Ross, as the national flag. America's Flag Day, commemorates
the date when John Adams spoke the following words before the
Continental Congress in Philadelphia. "Resolved, that the Flag of
the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red
and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field,
representing a new constellation." Over the years, there have been
27 versions of the American flag. The present version was adopted on
July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state. In 2005 Marc
Leepson authored “Flag: An American Biography.”
(AP, 6/14/97)(HNQ, 6/14/98)(WSJ, 7/1/05, p.W4)
1789 Jun 14, Captain William
Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat. He had
been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied.
1800 Jun 14, French General
Napoleon Bonaparte pushed the forces of Austria out of Italy in the
Battle of Marengo. In 2007 the sword he wore was auctioned off for
over $6.4 million.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Marengo)(SFC, 6/11/07, p.A2)
1800 Jun 14, Jean-Baptiste
Kleber (47), French general, architect, was murdered.
1801 Jun 14, Former American
Revolutionary War General Benedict Arnold died in London.
(AP, 6/14/01)(ON, 11/01, p.5)
1805 Jun 14, Robert Anderson
(d.1871), Bvt. Major General (Union Army), defender of Ft. Sumpter,
1811 Jun 14, Harriet Beecher
Stowe (d.1896), American writer and author of “Uncle Tom's Cabin,”
was born in Litchfield, Conn. The book showed the horrors of slavery
and President Abraham Lincoln joked she had started the American
(AHD, p.1272)(HN, 6/14/99)
1820 Jun 14, John Bartlett,
editor, compiler of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, was born.
1841 Jun 14, The first Canadian
parliament opened in Kingston.
1846 June 14, U.S. settlers in
Sonoma in Northern California rebelled against Mexican authorities
in what is called the Bear Flag Revolt and proclaimed the Republic
of California. Wagonmaster William B. Ide, leader of the Bear Flag
Party, was urged to loot the Mexican stronghold but said: “Choose ye
this day what you will be! We are robbers or we must be conquerors.”
Although the US has declared war against Mexico in May, word did not
reach California until July. Commodore John Sloat raised the Stars
and Stripes over the American Customs House in Monterey, and three
days later it flew over the Sonoma Plaza.
(WCG, p.59)(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.32)(AP, 6/14/97)
1846 Jun 14, William L. Todd,
nephew of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln designed a flag for the Bear Flag
Revolt with the words California Republic. With rusty nails and
blackberry juice he painted a grizzly and a star on white cloth. The
lower red border was said to come from the flannel petticoat of
Nancy Kelsey, who sewed the flag. The Bear Flag Revolt got its name
from the presence of a grizzly bear on the standard proposed for the
(Pac. Disc., summer, ‘96, p.16)(HN, 6/14/99)
1848 Jun 14, The California
Star newspaper in SF locked its doors due to the gold strike and
lack of working men.
(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.E6)
1855 Jun 14, Robert Marion
"Fighting Bob" La Follette, reform movement leader, Governor of
Wisconsin, U.S. Senator, Progressive Party presidential candidate,
1856 Jun 14, Ahmad Raza Khan
was born in Bareilly, Rohilkhand, British India, a city now in Uttar
Pradesh, India. He later founded the Barelvi tradition of Islam.
Deobandis and Barelvis are the two major groups of Muslims in the
Subcontinent apart from the Shia. Barelvi Hanafis deem Deobandis to
be kaafir. Those hostile to the Barelvis deprecated them as the
shrine-worshipping, the grave-worshiping, ignorant Barelvis.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Raza_Khan)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.61)
1864 Jun 14, Alois Alzheimer
(d.1915), German psychiatrist, pathologist (Alzheimer Disease), was
1864 Jun 14, At the Battle of
Pine Mountain, Georgia, Confederate General Leonidas Polk was killed
by a Union shell.
1884 Jun 14, John McCormack,
Irish-US singer (Irish folksongs), was born.
1885 Jun 14, The 1st photo
finish horse race was recorded by Luis-Jean Delton as Paradox beat
Reluisant at the Grand Prix de Paris.
(SFC, 4/28/03, D1)
1893 Jun 14, Philadelphia
observed the first Flag Day.
1897 Jun 14, Dr. Karl Wolfert
and his mechanic were killed in Germany when their dirigible,
powered by a Daimler car engine, crashed on its 4th flight.
(ON, 3/03, p.10)
1900 Jun 14, US Congress passed
a law granting citizenship to all persons who had been citizens of
the Republic of Hawaii at the time of annexation.
(ON, 11/02, p.7)
1906 Jun 14, Margaret
Bourke-White, American photojournalist, was born.
1907 Jun 14, Women in Norway
won the right to vote.
1909 Jun 14, Burl Ives, folk
singer, actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), was born in Hunt, Ill.
1910 Jun 14, Rudolf Kempe,
conductor, was born in Niederpoyritz, Germany.
Jun 14, The US Congress passed the 19th amendment granting suffrage
to American women.
1919 Jun 14, Pilot John William
Alcock (1892-1919) and navigator Arthur Witten Brown (1886-1948)
took off from St. John’s, Newfoundland, for Clifden, Ireland, on the
first nonstop transatlantic flight. The flight lasted 16 hours and
28 minutes and carried the first transatlantic airmail. They won a
10 thousand pound prize, first offered by the Daily Mail in 1913.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Whitten_Brown)(ON, 4/09, p.1)
1920 Jun 14, Max Weber
(b.1864), German sociologist, died. His books included “The
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” (1905).
1922 Jun 14, Warren G. Harding
became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR
broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at
(AP, 6/14/97)(HN, 6/14/98)
1925 Jun 14, Pierre Salinger,
Press Secretary for John F. Kennedy, was born.
1927 Jul 14, The Ahwahnee Hotel
in Yosemite Valley opened. It was designed by Gilbert Stanley
Underwood of Los Angeles.
(SFEM, 10/12/97, p.39)
1927 Jun 14, President Porfirio
Diaz of Nicaragua signed a treaty with the U.S. allowing American
intervention in his country.
1928 Jun 14, The Republican
National Convention in Kansas City nominated Herbert Hoover for
president on the first ballot. George Barr Baker was Hoover's
confidential advisor during the campaign.
(AP, 6/14/98)(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A18)
1928 Jun 14, British
suffragette Emily Pankhurst (b.1858) died.
1932 Jun 14, Representative
Edward Eslick died on the floor of the House of Representatives
while pleading for the passage of the bonus bill for US veterans.
1933 Jun 14, Jerzy Kosinski,
Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), was born.
1935 Jun 14, A commission of
neutral nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and the
United States) declared an armistice in the Chaco War between
Bolivia and Paraguay. A definite settlement was finally reached in
1936 Jun 14, G.K. Chesterton
(b.1874), English poet-essayist, died at his home in Beaconsfield,
England. His poems included “The Secret People” (1915). As president
of the Distributist League, he promoted the idea that private
property should be divided into smallest possible freeholds and then
distributed throughout society.
1940 Jun 14, German troops
occupied Paris and Marshal Philippe Petain became the head of the
French government and sued for peace. Gertrude Stein translated
Petain’s speeches and hailed him as a hero of the French nation.
(WUD, 1994, p.1683)(SFC, 6/9/96, Z1 p.5)
1940 June 14. The Nazis opened
their concentration camp at Auschwitz. In German-occupied Poland the
first inmates arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp. They were
all Polish political prisoners.
(SF E&C, 1/15/1995, A-10)(AP, 6/14/97)(AP,
1941 Jun 14, The Russian secret
police gathered up some 40,000 men, women and children and exiled
them to Siberia in cattle cars. This was the first of many
shipments. Some 10,000 Estonians, more than 15,000 Latvians and
between 16,000 and 18,000 Lithuanians were herded onto cattle trains
and transported to the far eastern reaches of the Soviet Union,
where many of them died.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A16)(http://tinyurl.com/5jxmas)
1941 Jun 14, Over 10,000 people
(10,861 according to some sources) were deported as whole families
from Estonia. About 230 Estonian officers serving in the 22nd
Estonian Territorial Corps of the Red Army were imprisoned at the
summer camp of the Estonian Army in southeastern Estonia. Most of
them were sent to the Norilsk prison camp, where most of them either
died or were executed.
1942 Jun 14, Anne Frank began
1942 Jun 14, The first bazooka
rocket gun, produced in Bridgeport, Ct., demolished a tank from its
1943 Jun 14, The US Supreme
Court, in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, ruled
schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the
United States and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
1944 Jun 14, B-29 bombers
conducted their first raid against mainland Japan.
1945 Jun 14, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower was honored as a Companion of the Liberation by Gen.
Charles de Gaulle.
(WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A12)
1945 Jun 14, Burma was
liberated by the British.
1946 Jun 14, Donald Trump, New
York real estate mogul, was born in NYC.
(SSFC, 11/14/04, Par p.30)
1949 Jun 14, Douglas Slater,
golf pro and Russian scholar, was born in San Jose, Ca.
1949 Jun 14, The State of
Vietnam was formed.
1951 Jun 14, UNIVAC, the first
computer built for commercial purposes, was demonstrated in
Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Prosper Eckert, Jr.
Magnetic tape for data storage was first used on the UNIVAC.
(HN, 6/14/98)(SFC, 6/15/01, p.B3)(Econ, 11/30/13,
1952 Jun 14, The USS Nautilus,
the first atomic submarine, was dedicated in Groton, Connecticut.
1954 Jun 14, President
Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the
Pledge of Allegiance. On Feb 7 Eisenhower had attended a service
where Rev. George M. Docherty (d.2008 at 97), a Scotland-born pastor
of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington, DC,
repeated his 1952 sermon saying the pledge should acknowledge God.
(AP, 6/14/97)(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)(AP, 11/30/08)
1954 Jun 14, Americans took
part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic
1965 Jun 14, A military
triumvirate took control in Saigon, South Vietnam.
1967 Jun 14, The movie "To Sir,
with Love," starring Sidney Poitier, was first released.
1967 Jun 14, The space probe
Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it
1968 Jun 14, Four of the Boston
Five were convicted of conspiracy in their organized draft protest.
Mitchell Goodman (1924-1997) organized the protest that included the
burning of draft cards. Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998), American
pediatrician, was one of the defendants and the trial came to be
known as the "Spock trial." The convictions were later overturned.
1974 Jun 14, Leonard K.
Firestone (1907-1996), son of Harvey Firestone (1868-1938) - the
founder of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., began serving as US
ambassador to Belgium. He continued as ambassador there until
January 20, 1977.
1982 Jun 14, Argentine forces
surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands. 970
people were killed including 255 British soldiers. Argentine
dictator Leopaldo Galtieri led the initial attack in the 72-day war.
The dead in the ten-week war included 712 Argentines, 255 Britons
and 3 islanders. In 2003 it was revealed that some British ships
carried nuclear depth charges. In 2005 Lawrence Freedman authored
“The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volumes I and II.
In 2007 Hugh McManners authored “Forgotten Voices of the Falklands:
The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were
(AP, 6/14/97)(WSJ, 12/8/03, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05,
p.81)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.88)
1985 Jun 14, European states
signed the Schengen Agreement, which allowed for the abolition of
systematic border controls between the participating countries. The
agreement was incorporated into EU law in 1997.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_treaty)(Econ, 10/13/07, p.53)
1985 Jun 14, The 17-day hijack
ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim
extremists seized the plane with 104 Americans shortly after takeoff
from Athens, Greece. The hijackers killed Petty Officer Robert Dean
Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac in Beirut. In 2002
Stethem’s family was awarded $21.4 million in compensatory damages
from the US Treasury. In 1987 Mohammed Ali Hamadi was arrested at
the Frankfurt airport, when customs officials discovered liquid
explosives in his luggage. The Lebanese man was convicted and served
a life sentence in Germany for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner
and killing of a US Navy diver. In 2005 he returned to Lebanon after
being paroled in Germany.
(AP, 6/14/97)(HN, 6/14/98)(SSFC, 4/21/02,
1986 Jun 14, Jorge Luis Borges
(b.1899), Argentine author (Book of Sand), died in Geneva. In 1998 a
new English translation by Andrew Hurley of his "Collected Fictions"
was published. In 1999 Alexander Coleman edited "Selected Poems."
Also in 1999 Eliot Weinberger edited "Selected Non-Fictions." In
2004 Edwin Williamson authored “Borges: A Life.”
(SFEC, 12/13/98, BR p.1)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR
p.3)(WSJ, 8/17/99, p.A18)(WSJ, 8/5/04, p.D8)
1986 Jun 14, Alan Jay Lerner
(67), Broadway librettist, died in NY.
1986 Jun 14, Marlin Perkins
(b.1905), zoologist and TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom),
1987 Jun 14, The Los Angeles
Lakers won the National Basketball Association title with a 106-93
home-court victory over the defending champion Boston Celtics.
1987 Jun 14, In West Germany
Willy Brandt (1913-1992) made his farewell speech as chairman of the
1988 Jun 14, Howard Baker made
the surprise announcement that he would resign as President Reagan's
White House chief of staff on July 1 because of "personal
1989 Jun 14, Former President
Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Britain's Queen
1989 Jun 14, US House Democrats
chose Richard Gephardt to be majority leader and William H. Gray to
be majority whip, the highest leadership position in Congress held
by an African American.
(AP, 6/14/99)(HN, 6/14/99)
1989 Jun 14, Actress Zsa Zsa
Gabor was arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle
1990 Jun 14, The US Supreme
Court upheld, by a six-to-three vote, police checkpoints that
examine drivers for signs of intoxication.
1991 Jun 14, The US government
reported consumer prices had risen a modest three-tenths of one
percent in May.
1991 Jun 14, The space shuttle
“Columbia” returned from a medical research mission.
1991 Jun 14, Dame Peggy
Ashcroft (83), film and stage, Actress died in London.
1992 Jun 14, Chicago Bulls won
the NBA championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers in Game
1992 Jun 14, Mona Van Duyn
(1921-2004) became the first woman to be named America's poet
laureate by the Library of Congress.
(AP, 6/14/97)(SFC, 12/4/04, p.B7)
1992 Jun 14, The Earth Summit
concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The world’s industrial nations
reached an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). By 1996 it was clear that the
goals were not being met.
(TMC, 1994, p.1992)(SFC, 7/11/96, p.A10)(AP,
6/14/97)(Econ, 12/5/09, SR p.3)
1992 Jun 14, In Sokolina,
Bosnia, a massacre occurred that later yielded 47 bodies from a mass
grave. Survivors later said that Serbs blew up a busload of Muslim
men who had been told that they were on their way to a prisoner
(WSJ, 6/25/96, p.A1)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A8)
1993 Jun 14, President Clinton
chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate of women's rights, to serve
on the Supreme Court, surprising observers who had predicted that
Clinton's choice would be Stephen Breyer.
1994 Jun 14, The New York
Rangers won hockey's Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years,
defeating the Vancouver Canucks.
1994 Jun 14, President Clinton
unveiled a $9.3 billion welfare reform plan.
1994 Jun 14, Henry Mancini
(70), Academy Award-winning composer, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
On Apr 14, 2004, the US Postal Service issued a stamp in his honor.
(AP, 6/14/99)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1D)
1994 Jun 14, Marcel Mouloudji
(b.1922), Algeria-born French actor/chansonnier, died in Paris.
1995 Jun 14, Stephen Yokich was
elected president of the United Auto Workers at the union’s
triennial convention in Anaheim, California.
1995 Jun 14, Shamil Basayev,
Chechen commander, led a hostage raid on a Russian hospital in
Budyonnovsk [Budennovsk]. Chechen rebels took some 1,500 people
hostage in a hospital in Russia. After a 4-day standoff Sergei
Stepashin ordered troops to storm the hospital and the rebels
escaped with some 100 hostages. Some 100-150 people were killed in
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A8)(HN, 6/14/98)(SFC, 5/13/99,
p.A16)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A11)
1996 Jun 14, The FBI disclosed
the White House had obtained bureau background reports on at least
408 people without justification.
1996 Jun 14, Money Magazine
ranked Madison, Wis., as the best place to live among the nation’s
300 metropolitan areas.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.B10)
1996 Jun 14, A new medium
priced home in the US was priced at $135,800.
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.B10)
1996 Jun 14, Two teams of
scientists announced the discovery of the human gene on chromosome 9
that may cause basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A2)
1996 Jun 14, In Belarus Victor
Gonchar, Lukashenko’s most active critic in parliament, was fired
upon by police.
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996 Jun 14, Leaders of Serbia,
Croatia and Bosnia signed an agreement to reduce arsenals of heavy
(WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 14, In Bulgaria
legislation was passed to give joint ventures at least 50% foreign
owned a five year tax holiday, and required that half of the
forgiven tax sums be invested in the same businesses.
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 14, In Malaysia issues
that had blocked the building of the $6.02 billion Bakun
hydroelectric dam in Sarawak state on Borneo were resolved.
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 14, Sumitomo Corp.
announced that it had lost $1.8 billion over the last ten years in
unauthorized trades done by head copper trader Yasuo Hamanaka. World
copper markets were thrown into turmoil following disclosure by
Sumitomo Corp. that a rogue trader had hidden multibillion-dollar
(WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/97)
1997 Jun 14, President Clinton
opened a year-long campaign against racism with a commencement
address at the University of California at San Diego, in which he
defended affirmative action and pleaded with Americans to confront
deeply held prejudices.
1997 Jun 14, A 1939 comic book
featuring the first appearance by Batman was auctioned off for
$68,500 at Sotheby's in New York City.
1997 Jun 14, In Hong Kong the
provisional legislature voted to give police broad powers to ban
even peaceful demonstrations and to outlaw foreign donations to
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Jun 14, From Russia it was
announced that there were over 9,000 organized crime groups
employing some 100,000 people.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Jun 14, In the Ukraine it
was reported that flash flooding and an underground river caused a
huge sinkhole in Dnepropetrovsk that swallowed houses, schools and a
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A11)
1998 Jun 14, The Chicago Bulls
clinched their sixth NBA championship, defeating the Utah Jazz in
game six played in Salt Lake City, 87-86.
1998 Jun 14, Tori Murden of
Louisville, Ky., departed from North Carolina in a 23-foot
fiberglass rowboat in an attempt to become the first woman to row
across the Atlantic.
(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A8)
1998 cJun 14, The Boston Globe
asked for the resignation of columnist Patricia Smith due to
fabricated quotations and people in her column. The New Republic
recently reported that writer Stephen Glass had fabricated parts or
all of 27 of 41 articles.
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)
1998 Jun 14, In NYC Antoine
Reid, a squeegee man, was allegedly shot by off-duty officer Michael
Meyer after soaping Meyer’s car window. Reid later filed a $100
million suit against the city and the police dept.
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)
1998 Jun 14, Ethiopia and
Eritrea agreed to halt the use of air strikes in their border war.
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 14, In Guinea-Bissau
the fighting intensified and thousands of people sought escape
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 14, In Bihar state,
India, Ajit Kumar Sarkar was the 2nd legislator in 2 days to be
killed by gunmen. Two Sarkar supporters were also killed.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 14, In Kosovo the
fighting intensified as Serbs launched 500 grenades into villages in
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 14, Prof. Paul Ehrlich
of Stanford and Qu Geping, president of the China Environmental
Protection Foundation, won the Blue Planet Prize, an environmental
award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A20)
1999 Jun 14, The US Supreme
Court struck down a 65-year-old ban on broadcast advertising of
casino gambling. It said the ban aimed at protecting compulsive
gamblers violated free-speech rights.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A3)(AP, 6/14/00)
1999 Jun 14, UN Sec. Gen'l.
Kofi Annan unveiled a UN peace-building plan for Kosovo giving
European organizations primary responsibility for reconstruction.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 14, Eritrea and
Ethiopia battled for a 5th day. Eritrea claimed to have killed,
wounded or captured over 12,000 soldiers, while Ethiopia claimed the
same for 8,200 soldiers.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999 Jun 14, Voters in the
15-nation bloc of the European Union overturned socialist dominance
with the election of the center-right European People's Party.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C16)
1999 Jun 14, South Korean
warships sank a North Korean torpedo boat and damaged another in the
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 14, About 15,000 NATO
peacekeepers spread out across Kosovo, including a convoy of about
1200 US Marines.
1999 Jun 14, In Turkey a
parliamentary committee voted to dismiss military judges from
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
2000 Jun 14, The Southern
Baptist Convention declared that women should no longer serve as
2000 Jun 14, Federal
prosecutors in Manhattan charged a record 120 people that included
reputed mafia members with securities fraud in a yearlong probe
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 14, In Florida George
Trofimoff (73) was arrested for spying for the Soviet KGB from
1969-1995. He had served as chief of an Army unit responsible for
interviewing Warsaw pact defectors.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 14, US federal marine
specialists reported that the US Navy induced underwater noise
caused the death of at least a dozen whales in the Bahamas in March.
Hemorrhages were found around the animals’ ears.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.a7)
2000 Jun 14, In San Francisco
temperatures hit 103 degrees, matching the record high set on July
17, 1988. Eugene Kesselman (27) disappeared after he left his Sunset
home to buy a car. His body was found 9 days later in the trunk of
his car in the Excelsior district. In Sept. police arrested Shonte
Pratt (25) and Brandon Ry (20) for suspicion of murder and armed
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A23)(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A14)
2000 Jun 14, Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder agreed with heads of the nuclear power industry to end the
use of atomic energy. With an expected life span of 32 years closure
of all 17 plants would occur by 2020. In 2005 the timetable was
confirmed. In 2007 an expansion of the timetable for closure was up
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.50)
2000 Jun 14, Pres. Kim Jong Il
of North Korea and Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea pledged
concrete steps toward unifying their divided peninsula and signed an
agreement to allow visits for some families separated for the last
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/01)
2000 Jun 14, In Sri Lanka a
suicide bomber killed himself and 2 civilians when he rammed a bus
with 25 sick air force soldiers. None of the troops were hurt.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)
2001 Jun 14, Pres. Bush clashed
with EU leaders in Sweden over his global warming policy, unwavering
in his opposition to a global warming treaty. The EU leaders said
they would move to implement the Kyoto treaty without the US.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)
2001 Jun 14, Pres. Bush ordered
a stop to the Navy bombing exercises on Puerto Rico’s Vieques
Island. Cleanup was estimated to cost hundreds of millions and take
decades. Bombing practice was set to stop by May, 2003.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A3)(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D3)(WSJ,
2001 Jun 14, Mike Gartner, Jari
Kurri, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Dale Hawerchuk were elected to the
Hockey Hall of Fame.
2001 Jun 14, It was reported
that FERC planned to impose round-the-clock price restrictions on
wholesale electricity sold to California.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 14, In Chicago Paul
Frederick Runge (31) was charged with the murders of 6 women and an
11-year-old girl between 1995-1997.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D2)
2001 Jun 14, In Algeria
hundreds of thousands of people protested in Algiers over economic
and political issues and 2 journalists were killed in clashes with
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 14, A forum in China
inducted Uzbekistan as the 6th member of a regional group (the
Shanghai Five) that included China, Russia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan
and Tajikistan. The 5-year-old group hoped to counterbalance US
influence and fight Islamic separatism.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)(WSJ, 6/14/01, p.C11)
2001 Jun 14, Riot police in
Northern Ireland protected Catholic children going to school in
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D3)
2001 Jun 14, In Israel Lt. Col.
Yehuda Edri (45) was killed by a Palestinian man, who was then
killed by Edri’s bodyguard. Another Palestinian man was killed in a
driveby shooting in the West Bank and Jewish settlers were suspect.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 14, Macedonia asked
for Nato troops the help disarm ethnic Albanian rebels. Nato Sec.
Gen. Lord Robertson ruled out military
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)
2001 Jun 14, A tanker capsized
in a sea lane between Malaysia and Singapore. The MT Endah Lestari
with 660 tons of phenol rolled as it was towed. Unknown amounts of
phenol and a large amount of diesel oil was spilled.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)
2001 Jun 14, In Nepal a panel
of inquiry reported that Prince Dipendra was tipsy from whiskey and
high on hashish when he killed his family members Jun 1.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 14, In Panama it was
reported that 5 patients died from radiation therapy when incorrect
data was punched into a computer program.
(WSJ, 6/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 14, In the Philippines
Francis Ganzon, a Muslim cleric, and Kimberly Jao (13) were released
by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Basilan Island. Mohaimin Sahi, a Muslim
cleric negotiator taken captive a few days earlier, was also
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A13)
2002 Jun 14, The US became
officially free from a 1972 treaty that banned major missile
defenses. In Alaska work was set to begin on missile interceptors.
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 14, US Roman Catholic
bishops meeting in Dallas voted to remove any priest from his
ministry who abuses a minor but stopped short of zero tolerance, as
pushed by some victims.
(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/03)
2002 Jun 14, It was reported
that a Jupiter size planet was discovered in the Cancer
constellation 5.5 astronomical units (an AU is the distance between
the Earth and the sun) from star 55 Cancri, 41 light-years away.
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 14, Scientist reported
on June 21 that an asteroid (2002 MN) the size of a soccer field
whizzed by Earth on this day at a distance of 75,000 miles, a third
of the distance to the Moon, the biggest such space rock in decades
to get this close.
(Reuters, 6/21/02)(SFC, 6/21/02, p.A6)
2002 Jun 14, June Jordan (65),
black radical and UC Berkeley poet and professor, died of cancer.
Her work included 28 books of poems, political essays and children's
fiction. She was one of the most published African American writers
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A17)(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A19)
2002 Jun 14, In Afghanistan
Pres. Hamid Karzai outlined a list of national priorities that
included building a national army and police force, improving
schools and health care and creating jobs.
(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 14, Colombia's first
female defense minister said Friday she will strengthen the army and
seek more military aid from the United States and other nations to
fight leftist rebels. Protests began in Arequipa over the sale of 2
state utilities to a Belgian company.
(AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 14, In the Republic of
Congo rebels launched their first attack on Brazzaville since
restarting this West African nation's civil war in late March.
Government troops hunted down rebels who staged a surprise attack on
the city. More than 100 rebels and 17 government soldiers were
killed. The rebels called themselves Ninjas and were led by renegade
pastor Frederic Bitsangou (Frederic Ntoumi).
(AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A8)(SFC, 6/18/02,
2002 Jun 14, Czech exit polls
showed the Social Democrats, who favor quick entry into the European
Union, headed for victory in parliamentary elections where 6,000
candidates sought all 200 seats in the lower chamber. Voters backed
the ruling Social Democrats in parliamentary elections, and also
gave the Communist Party its best showing since the collapse of
communism in 1989.
(AP, 6/14/02)(AP, 6/15/02)
2002 Jun 14, In Kashmir India
and Pakistan continued cross border shelling. Pakistan reported
Indian shelling killed 6 civilians, including 3 children.
(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 14, In Pakistan
suicide bomber blew up a truck at the US consulate in Karachi killed
14 people and injured many more. No Americans were believed killed.
The Bush administration planned to evaluate how many U.S. personnel
should be kept in Pakistan. The Lashkar-e-Omar coalition, formed in
January, was blamed.
(AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/14/02, p.19)(SFC, 6/15/02,
2002 Jun 14, Voting began in
Papua New Guinea's general election with hopes that it would bring
some stability to the struggling Pacific nation. Former 2 time PM
Michael Somare returned to power.
(AP, 6/14/02)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)
2002 Jun 14, Russia formally
withdrew from the START II nuclear arms treaty with the United
States, calling the accord meaningless given current U.S. defense
2002 Jun 14, In South Korea up
to 13 people died after a bus carrying tourists collided with a
tanker truck in rainy weather.
2003 Jun 14, Off the northern
Oregon coast a large wave flipped over Taki-Tooo, a charter fishing
boat carrying 19 people, killing at least nine; eight survived by
swimming to shore.
2003 Jun 14, A car driven by
Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien struck and killed pedestrian Jim Reed;
O'Brien was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and
sentenced to probation.
2003 Jun 14, A Colombia air
force commander said leftist rebel camps were bombarded and that an
estimated 67 insurgents were killed in southern Meta and Cauca
2003 Jun 14, French troops
leading an international force engaged in a firefight with gunmen
for the first time in their mission to stabilize the northeastern
Congolese town of Bunia.
2003 Jun 14, Iran's hard-line
judiciary arrested "scores" of pro-clergy militants, including a
vigilante leader, over attacks on a Tehran student dormitory sparked
by attacks on pro-reform supporters.
2003 Jun 14, North and South
Korea connected railways at their heavily armed border in a symbolic
ceremony linking the two countries for the first time in more than a
half-century. North Korea still had 7 miles of tracks to complete
before trains could run.
(AP, 6/14/03)(SSFC, 6/15/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 14, In eastern Uganda
a minivan bus plunged into a swamp and sank, killing 18 passengers.
2004 Jun 14, The US Supreme
Court allowed millions of schoolchildren to keep affirming loyalty
to one nation "under God" but dodged the underlying question of
whether the Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional blending of
church and state.
2004 Jun 14, John Ashcroft
unsealed an indictment against Nuradin Abdi, a Somali immigrant, on
charges of plotting with al Qaeda operatives to blow up a shopping
mall in Columbus, Ohio. Abdi was arrested on immigration charges on
Nov 28, 2003. Abdi was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2007 after
pleading guilty in an alleged plot to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.
(SFC, 6/15/04, p.A3)(AP, 2/27/09)
2004 Jun 14, Azerbaijan Fatulla
Huseynov (67), an opposition party leader known for his bold
military exploits in the war over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, was
shot and killed in Baku.
2004 Jun 14, In Bangladesh the
death toll from a powerful weekend storm rose to at least 13. About
140 fishermen were missing.
2004 Jun 14, UN humanitarian
chief Jan Egeland said Eastern Congo is rapidly turning into a major
humanitarian disaster, with 3.3 million people out of reach of
2004 Jun 14, The US military
released hundreds of prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison.
2004 Jun 14, A car bomb tore
through a convoy in central Baghdad, killing at least 12 people,
including an American and four other foreigners working to rebuild
Iraq's power plants.
2004 Jun 14, The bodies of 6
Shiite truck drivers were found at a morgue in Ramadi, west of
Fallujah. They had sought refuge in a police station but were handed
over to a hard-line Sunni cleric because they were Shiites.
2004 Jun 14, The Israeli
Supreme Court decided that Israeli municipalities must permit the
sale of pork where a majority of residents demand it.
2004 Jun 14, An Israeli
helicopter attack in the West Bank killed 2 Palestinian militants.
(WSJ, 6/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 14, It was reported
that Hmong commanders in Laos acknowledged 21 rebel groups with
about 17,000 fighters and family members.
(SFC, 6/14/04, p.A8)
2004 Jun 14, Police in Nepal
said a land mine planted by suspected rebels blew up two police
trucks in western Nepal, killing at least 22 officers.
2004 Jun 12, At least 14 people
were killed in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state as vigilante mobs
hunted down suspected armed robbers, soaked them in petrol and then
set them alight.
2004 Jun 14, UN humanitarian
chief Jan Egeland criticized the Sudanese government for blocking
aid workers, food and equipment from reaching the Darfur region.
2004 Jun 14, The Swiss
parliament voted to end a 96-year ban on absinthe. The green spirit
was allowed back into shops in much of western Europe following an
EU directive in 1981, but it remained outlawed in Switzerland
2004 Jun 14, Typhoon Chanthu
killed 7 people and left seven more missing when it swept through
central Vietnam over the weekend.
2005 Jun 14, US Army deserter
Charles Jenkins, who crossed into North Korea in 1965, arrived in
the United States for his first visit in 40 years.
2005 Jun 14, Michelle Wie
became the first female player to qualify for an adult male U.S.
Golf Association championship, tying for first place in a 36-hole US
Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.
2005 Jun 14, The 7.0-magnitude
quake struck northern California about 90 miles southwest of the
coastal community of Crescent City, where a 1964 tsunami killed 11
2005 Jun 14, A health expert
warned that Kabul is on the verge of a cholera epidemic, with more
than 2,000 cases of the disease and at least eight deaths reported
in recent weeks.
2005 Jun 14, Fighting between
about 90 suspected Taliban rebels and hundreds of Afghan soldiers
and U.S.-led coalition troops left seven insurgents dead and 10
wounded, while a rebel attack on a medical clinic killed a doctor
and six others.
2005 Jun 14, The Argentine
Supreme Court struck down 2 amnesty laws passed in the 1980s.
Hundreds of people could be charged with torture, disappearances and
babynapping during Argentina's "Dirty War" against dissidents.
(AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.39)
2005 Jun 14, A 7.9 earthquake
rattled cities in Bolivia and Peru and heavily damaged mountain
villages in northern Chile, killing at least 11 people including a
family of 6.
(WSJ, 6/14/05, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/05)
2005 Jun 14, Colombia unveiled
its own version of a deck of cards for its most wanted insurgent
leaders. Army officials planned to distribute 5,000 of the decks to
soldiers battling the rebels across the country.
2005 Jun 14, In Athens, Greece,
Asafa Powell of Jamaica, broke the world 100-meter dash record with
a time of 9.77 seconds.
(WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 14, A bomb exploded
outside a bank in Kirkuk, killing 23 people, including child street
vendors and pensioners waiting for their checks. In Baghdad, the
bodies of 24 men killed in ambushes were brought to a hospital. 5
Iraqi and 3 US soldiers were killed.
(AP, 6/14/05)(WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 14, A senior US
military official said up to 20 percent of suicide car bombers in
Iraq are from Algeria, a sign of growing cooperation between Islamic
extremists in northern Africa and like-minded Iraqis.
2005 Jun 14, Carlo Maria
Giulini (91), renowned conductor, died in Brescia, Italy.
(SFC, 6/16/05, p.B7)
2005 Jun 14, Japanese automaker
Toyota Motor Corp. broke ground on a new assembly plant in St.
Petersburg, in a vote of confidence in the booming Russian consumer
market despite investors' jitters over the Yukos case.
(AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.58)
2005 Jun 14, A strike called by
Kashmir separatists paralyzed India's portion of the disputed
Himalayan province, shutting almost all shops, schools and offices
to protest an apparent suicide attack that killed 15 people and
injured 60 a day earlier.
2005 Jun 14, Raul Salinas, the
brother of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, was
released on bail after 10 years in prison on charges he masterminded
the 1994 killing of a political rival.
2005 Jun 14, Nepal freed all
the journalists detained in a protest of media restrictions, bowing
to international demands that the reporters be released at once.
2005 Jun 14, President Thabo
Mbeki dismissed his deputy Jacob Zuma, after he was implicated in a
corruption scandal, throwing wide open the question of who will
become the next leader of South Africa. Mbeki soon picked Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka, his minister for minerals and energy, to replace
(AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.46)
2005 Jun 14, A UN report showed
South America's cocaine output rose by 2 percent last year, bucking
a five year downward trend as increases in Peru and Bolivia outpaced
Colombia's clampdown on coca cultivation.
2005 Jun 14, Zimbabwe reported
that police have razed more than 20,000 shacks and other structures
in what President Robert Mugabe called “Operation Murambatsvina,”
(drive out the rubbish), an urban cleanup campaign. Some 700,000
people had their homes or businesses destroyed in the campaign.
(AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/11/05, p.46)(Econ, 5/27/06,
2006 Jun 14, President Bush,
just back from a surprise visit to Iraq, dismissed calls for a US
withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable
or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.
2006 Jun 14, Librarian of
Congress James H. Billington named Donald Hall (77), former poet
laureate of New Hampshire, as the next poet laureate of the US.
2006 Jun 14, In NYC Kenny
Alexis (20), a homeless man, was arrested following a string of
stabbings through Manhattan over a 13-hour period.
(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A12)
2006 Jun 14, Shares of EADS,
the parent company of Airbus, fell 26% following an announcement
that its new 555-seat airliner would be delayed up to 7 months.
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.68)
2006 Jun 14, A delegation from
Kabul found prison conditions at Guantanamo humane and said the US
will send home for trial all 96 Afghans held there.
(WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 14, Coalition and
Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants in fighting in eastern
mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops
prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban
five years ago.
2006 Jun 14, Four Andean
nations (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru) agreed to chart new
trade plans with the United States without Venezuela.
2006 Jun 14, Azerbaijan and
Armenia promised to continue talks over Nagorno-Karabakh despite two
failed efforts this year by the Caucasus nations' presidents to
resolve the status of the disputed enclave.
2006 Jun 14, China and Taiwan
they've agreed to launch direct charter passenger flights between
them during major holidays, a key trust-building step toward
restoring regular direct flights cut five decades ago amid civil
2006 Jun 14, Husky Energy,
Cnooc’s Canadian partner, announced a large gas discovery under the
South China Sea. In 2009 Husky confirmed the discovery saying the
Liwan field could ultimately produce over 150 million cubic feet per
2006 Jun 14, Gunmen killed
seven coca pickers in southwestern Colombia in an attack police
blamed on leftist rebels.
2006 Jun 14, France's highest
court upheld George Soros' conviction for insider trading in a case
dating back nearly 20 years, and the billionaire investor vowed to
fight the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
2006 Jun 14, India's largest
film festival kicked off in Dubai, as a number of Bollywood stars
descended on this booming Gulf city state where Indians make up the
2006 Jun 14-2006 Jun 15, In
Indian Kashmir suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead five Muslims,
and exploded a bomb that injured four people.
2006 Jun 14, A French court
handed down prison terms ranging from six months to 10 years for 25
Islamic radicals convicted of planning to carry out attacks on the
Eiffel Tower and other targets in Paris. All but one had been
accused of helping Islamic fighters in Chechnya.
2006 Jun 14, German drugmaker
Merck KGaA agreed to sell its 21.8% stake in Schering AG to Bayer
AG, clearing the way for Bayer to take over Schering and end a
merger drama that saw Merck in a position to block the takeover. In
the process Merck gained a windfall of some €400 million.
(AP, 6/14/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.64)
2006 Jun 14, In Indonesia Abu
Bakar Bashir (68), a reputed top leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror
group that has been blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other
deadly attacks, walked free from prison after serving 26 months for
2006 Jun 14, Tens of thousands
of Iraqi police and soldiers searched cars and secured roads in
Baghdad as PM Nouri al-Maliki launched a major security crackdown
aimed at ending the violence that has devastated the capital.
2006 Jun 14, In Mexico some
3000 elements of the state ministerial police, preventive police and
Oaxaca state firemen began to violently remove a sit-in of 70,000
workers from Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers
(SNTE) with tear gas, smoke grenades, stun grenades and firearms.
Thus far there have been 13 reported arrests, 4 injuries, 5 bullet
wounds, and between 6 and 9 deaths, as well as a break-in to the
Teachers' Union building and the destruction of the installations of
Radio Plantón (a free/non-licensed community radio station that has
been a point of reference for social movements in Oaxaca).
2006 Jun 14, Dozens of
Palestinian civil servants stormed a parliamentary session to demand
long-overdue salaries, attacking Hamas lawmakers and forcing the
parliament speaker to flee the building. Foreign Minister Mahmoud
Zahar, who has been seeking to raise money for the financially
strapped government, returned to the Gaza Strip with a suitcase full
of cash. A Hamas militant was shot and killed outside his home in
the Gaza town of Khan Younis after Hamas gunmen shot a security
commander loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
2006 Jun 14, Somali lawmakers
in Baidoa approved a peacekeeping mission for Somalia. Islamic
militia captured Jowhar from warlord Mohammed Dheere, a member of
the US-backed Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and
(AP, 6/14/06)(AFP, 6/15/06)
2006 Jun 14, The chief
prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said his office had
documented massacres with hundreds of victims in Sudan's war-torn
Darfur region as well as hundreds of rape cases.
2006 Jun 14, Pres. Hugo Chavez
said Venezuela will buy 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets this
year, and his government will build a factory to produce Kalashnikov
2007 Jun 14, The San Antonio
Spurs won their fourth NBA title in nine years as they defeated the
Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 in Game 4.
2007 Jun 14, A Wall Street
Journal/NBC News poll said US President George W. Bush's approval
rating has plunged to a new low of 29 percent.
2007 Jun 14, In Mississippi
Klansman James Ford Seale (71) was convicted on federal charges of
kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of Charles Moore and
Henry Hezekiah Dee. Seale faced life in prison with sentencing on
2007 Jun 14, A US panel said an
obesity treatment made by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis
was unsafe and should not be marketed in the United States.
2007 Jun 14, In Channahon,
Ill., 3 children and a woman were found shot to death in a sport
utility vehicle parked just off a service road. On June 23
authorities charged Christopher Vaughn (32) with two murder counts
per victim, saying he gunned down his family in their sport utility
(AP, 6/14/07)(AP, 6/24/07)
2007 Jun 14, Abel Diaz Lucas,
also known as Jorge Guevara-Perez, was arrested in El Paso, Texas.
The next day he was handed to Mexican authorities, who had been
trying to find Diaz for five years. They accused him of running a
central Mexico gang notorious for cutting off the fingers and ears
of their victims and sending them to their families to demand ransom
2007 Jun 14, In California the
Sonoma County Water Agency became the first water provider in the
state since the early 1990s to institute mandatory rationing.
(SFC, 6/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 14, Colgate warned
that a counterfeit toothpaste bearing its name has been found in
four states and may contain diethylene glycol, a poisonous chemical
used in antifreeze.
(WSJ, 6/15/07, p.B3)
2007 Jun 14, In Australia New
Zealand PM Helen Clark met briefly with the Dalai Lama as they both
toured Australia, where the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit has
drawn fire from China.
2007 Jun 14, In Austria
Kurt Waldheim (b.1918), former UN Secretary-General (1972-1982),
died. He was elected Austrian president in 1986 despite an
international scandal about his secretive World War II military
service for the Nazis.
(AP, 6/14/07)(Econ, 6/23/07, p.97)
2007 Jun 14, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen, visiting Japan, pledged to fight corruption to lure more
investors from top donor Japan as he tries to wean his government
away from foreign aid.
2007 Jun 14, Canada said it had
approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants
deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green
activists immediately condemned as too risky.
2007 Jun 14, Police in Henan
province said they have rescued more than 200 people, including 29
children, who were working as "slaves" in brick kilns, in a shocking
revelation of labor practices in booming China.
2007 Jun 14, Four soldiers were
convicted of killing a truck driver and five passengers in Chechnya,
but three of the defendants have been missing since disappearing
while on trial.
2007 Jun 14, Colombia’s
Congress passed a bill to give established gay couples full rights
to health insurance, inheritance and social security. This would
make it the first Latin American country to provide such rights.
2007 Jun 14, A UN spokesman
said that Ethiopia has accepted a UN commission's ruling to turn
over the disputed town of Badme to Eritrea. In a letter last week to
the UN Security Council, the Ethiopian government gave its
unconditional acceptance of the commission's decision announced five
2007 Jun 14, Fiji's military
ruler said he was expelling New Zealand's top diplomat, sending
already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one
of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama
said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to
leave because the diplomat would not "stop interfering in Fiji's
2007 Jun 14, India's governing
coalition chose Pratibha Patil (72), the governor of northwestern
state of Rajashtan, as its presidential candidate, setting the stage
for her to become the country's first female president. It was later
reported that in the late 1970s she had favored compulsory
sterilization for people with hereditary diseases. Reports also said
that the Reserve Bank of India had shut down a women’s co-operative
bank where she had given favorable loans to relatives.
(AP, 6/14/07)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.49)
2007 Jun 14, A handful of Sunni
mosques were attacked or burned, but curfews and increased troop
levels kept Iraq in relative calm a day after suspected al-Qaida
bombers toppled the towering minarets of a prized Shiite shrine.
Attackers broke into the Hateen mosque in Iskandariyah and planted
bombs inside. Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked
the Talha Bin al-Zubair shrine about 13 miles outside Basra. They
returned early the next day, planting bombs inside the structure
that destroyed it. Insurgents linked to al-Qaida released a
videotape showing the execution-style deaths of 14 Iraqi soldiers
and policemen after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline for the
Iraqi government to meet their demands. 3 US soldiers were killed
when a bomb exploded near their vehicle during operations in Kirkuk
province. A 4th soldier was killed by small arms fire in Diyala
(AP, 6/14/07)(AP, 6/15/07)
2007 Jun 14, Rifat
Hadziahmetovic (39) of Montenegro and another "Pink Panther" member
allegedly stole a diamond tiara worth 200 million yen (2.3 million
dollars) and other gems from a jewelry store in Tokyo's upmarket
Ginza district. Hadziahmetovic was arrested in 2009 in Cyprus. In
2010 he was extradited to Japan from Spain for the robbery in Tokyo.
The other suspect in the heist, Radovan Jelusic (39) was arrested in
Rome in May in possession of a forged Croatian passport.
2007 Jun 14, More than $20
million in disputed North Korean funds was transferred from a
blacklisted Macau bank, signaling a breakthrough in a dispute that
has held up the North's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor.
2007 Jun 14, In the Netherlands
four African states (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe),
after an 18-year ban, were allowed to put their ivory stocks on the
market in a one-time sale as part of a hard-fought compromise
reached with other Africans who tried to block the sale. The
171-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species,
or CITES, approved the deal by consensus.
2007 Jun 14, Nigerian
separatist leader Mujahid Asari Dokubo, whose detention on treason
charges since 2005 has sparked kidnappings in the oil-rich Niger
Delta, was provisionally freed on health grounds. Militants freed 10
Indian hostages, including 2 women and 2 children.
(AFP, 6/14/07)(AFP, 6/16/07)
2007 Jun 14, In eastern
Pakistan thousands rallied against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
demanding the ouster of the military ruler for suspending the
country's top judge. Gunmen opened fire on government troops in the
southwestern city of Quetta, considered a Taliban hideout, shortly
after the visit of a top US official, killing seven soldiers and two
2007 Jun 14, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas declared an emergency after the Hamas
militant group effectively took control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas
fighters overran one of the rival Fatah movement's most important
security installations in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said the victors
dragged vanquished gunmen into the street and shot them to death
execution-style. 14 fighters and civilians were killed and 80
wounded in the battle for the Preventive Security complex, bringing
the day's death toll to 25 by mid-afternoon. Witnesses, Fatah
officials and a doctor reported gangland-style killings of the
defeated fighters. Palestinian security officials said an Israeli
tank shell killed six people, including five children, in the
southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The clashes in Gaza left an
estimated 116 people dead and over 500 wounded.
(AP, 6/15/07)(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/08)
2007 Jun 14, In Puerto Rico 5
men robbed a Loomis Fargo armored car. The next day Angel Fernandez
Ramos, a Puerto Rican police officer assigned to a DEA anti-drugs
unit, was arrested and charged with carrying out the $515,000
armored car heist with three relatives and another man.
2007 Jun 14, Romania's
government defended its decision to return "Dracula's Castle" to
members of the former royal family, denying allegations that the
decision was illegal.
2007 Jun 14, In South Africa
former UN chief Kofi Annan said he would head a new green group
bankrolled by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to help reverse Africa's
declining food production and double output.
2007 Jun 14, Sudan’s press
reported that 4 people were killed and at least 10 wounded when
police dispersed residents in the Kijbar region of north Sudan
protesting a dam project which they say will destroy their
2007 Jun 14, The Swiss National
Bank raised interest rates by a quarter point.
(Econ, 6/16/07, p.80)
2007 Jun 14, In
insurgency-wracked southern Thailand a bomb exploded during a soccer
match, wounding 14 police officers who were providing security.
2008 Jun 14, Shuttle Discovery
and its crew of seven returned to Earth and capped a successful
expansion job at the international space station, more spacious and
robust thanks to a new billion-dollar science lab.
2008 Jun 14, In northern
California the former Fort Baker was rededicated as a public park
and featured the new 142-room Cavallo Point lodge.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 14, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed four US troops. Afghan and US-led coalition
forces killed more than 15 insurgents during a hunt for inmates who
fled prison after a sophisticated Taliban attack that set hundreds
free, while Afghan forces recaptured 20 prisoners. Fifteen militants
were killed in the Sangin area of Helmand province after a group of
men in a treeline fired on Afghan and coalition troops.
(AP, 6/14/08)(AP, 6/15/08)(AP, 6/16/08)
2008 Jun 14, Argentine police
in riot gear broke up a farmers' highway blockade, briefly arresting
19 demonstrators including a prominent leader of a three-month
protest against an increase in grain export taxes.
2008 Jun 14, Rebels in Chad
attacked the eastern town of Goz-Beida, and Irish EU troops took up
defensive positions between the fighting and a refugee camp.
2008 Jun 14, The EU presented
Iran with a modified package of incentives to suspend its uranium
enrichment program, but an Iran government spokesman said the
country would reject the offer if it requires a halt to sensitive
nuclear work. As part of the package Western nations told Iran that
they could cut off any new help to Iran's anti-drug units unless the
Islamic regime halts uranium enrichment.
(AP, 6/14/08)(AP, 6/24/08)
2008 Jun 14, In northeast India
landslides and house collapses caused by 2 days of heavy rains
killed at least 14 people and injured more than 50 others.
2008 Jun 14, US helicopters
blanketed the southern city of Amarah with pamphlets urging
residents to cooperate with Iraqi security forces as they prepare
for a new operation against Shiite militia fighters. A bomb hidden
on a bus exploded in a Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad,
killing two people and wounding eight.
2008 Jun 14, In northern Japan
a magnitude-7.2 earthquake ripped across mountains and rice fields,
killing at least 13 people as it sheared off hillsides, jolted
buildings and shook nuclear power plants. 10 people remained
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/18/08)(AFP, 7/10/08)
2008 Jun 14, In northern Japan
a magnitude-7.2 earthquake ripped across mountains and rice fields,
killing at least 11 people as it sheared off hillsides, jolted
buildings and shook nuclear power plants. 12 people remained
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/18/08)
2008 Jun 14, In Nigeria a union
leader said teachers have ended their three-day strike after the
government agreed to heed their demand for a pay rise.
2008 Jun 14, Pakistan's main
ruling party said it will reinstate judges ousted by President
Pervez Musharraf only after it has overcome legal obstacles
following a massive rally calling for their restoration.
2008 Jun 14, Striking truck
drivers in South Korea threatened to block the country's largest
port to protest surging fuel prices.
2008 Jun 14, Zaragoza, Spain,
opened a World Expo and expected some 6 million visitors. The expo
was due to close on Sep 14.
(SSFC, 3/25/07, p.G2)
2008 Jun 14, Spanish police
said they had charged 20 people with exchanging child pornography
online and arrested 14 others in a nationwide operation.
2008 Jun 14, In Sri Lanka
ground battles left 15 guerrillas and two soldiers dead.
2008 Jun 14, Swedish jazz star
Esbjoern Svensson was killed at the weekend in a scuba diving
accident off Stockholm.
2008 Jun 14, Annualized
inflation in Venezuela stood at around 30% amidst an economic
slowdown and an unprecedented crime-wave.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.47)
2008 Jun 14, President Robert
Mugabe vowed that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) would never rule Zimbabwe and that he was prepared to fight to
keep them from taking power. Zimbabwe opposition's number two leader
appeared in court to face a treason charge, while police again
detained opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of this month's
presidential run-off election.
(Reuters, 6/14/08)(AFP, 6/14/08)
2009 Jun 14, In Florida Tyler
Hayes Weinman (18), whose divorced parents live in the neighborhoods
where many of the cats were killed, was charged with 19 counts each
of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body. Police
said they investigated more than 30 cat deaths since May and were
flooded with tips from concerned citizens.
(AP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 14, Afghanistan’s
Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said more than 250 people, many of
them militants and some foreign insurgents, were killed during
attacks by the Taliban in 25 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces last
week. Police and civilians were also among the dead. He also warned
that Islamist militants would attempt to sabotage the August 20
2009 Jun 14, Belarus boycotted
a Moscow-led security summit to protest a Russian ban on Belarusian
dairy products, deepening a politically charged dispute between the
two ex-Soviet neighbors. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the
other Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) leaders
signed an agreement creating a joint rapid-reaction force that could
bolster the power and prestige of the seven-nation alliance, seen
largely as an ex-Soviet answer to NATO.
2009 Jun 14, In Iran protesters
set fires and smashed store windows in a second day of violence as
groups challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election tried
to keep pressure on authorities. Anti-riot police lashed back and
the regime blocked Internet sites used to rally the pro-reform
2009 Jun 14, Israel’s PM
Netanyahu said that he would accept a Palestinian state, but
attached conditions such as having no army that the Palestinians
(AP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 14, Pakistan said it
would resort to force against Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in
South Waziristan. Militants remotely-detonated explosives hidden in
a rickshaw, causing chaos at a busy market in Dera Ismail Khan town,
with 9 people killed and dozens injured. Jet planes bombed hideouts
in the tribal area of Bajaur. Up to 44 suspected militants killed in
the onslaught. A US drone attack targeting a militant vehicle killed
at least three people, including Uzbek and Arab militants, in the
Mardar Algad area of South Waziristan.
(AFP, 6/14/09)(AFP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 14, In Sri Lanka the
mandate of a presidential commission of inquiry, established two
years ago under intense international pressure to investigate
earlier claims of abuses in the war, expired without an extension.
It had been assigned 16 cases of alleged abuses by both sides,
including the 2006 execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers for the
French organization Action Against Hunger. Nissanka Udalagama, a
former Supreme Court justice who chaired the commission, later said
it had only completed work on 7 of the assigned cases. Extensions
had been routinely granted in the past, but not this time. Instead,
the commission was dissolved.
2009 Jun 14, Thai PM Abhisit
Vejjajiva urged the country not to panic about swine flu, after the
number of cases grew nine-fold in four days and a cluster emerged in
a key tourist hub. Health authorities reported that confirmed cases
of the H1N1 virus soared to 150, compared with just 16 on June 10,
including a number of foreigners.
2009 Jun 14, Yemen accused a
Shiite rebel group of kidnapping 9 foreigners in northern Saada
province. The Interior Ministry official said Hassan Hussein Bin
Alwan, a Saudi man suspected of financing Al-Qaida cells in Yemen
and Saudi Arabia, has been arrested.
2010 Jun 14, US authorities
gave BP permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its
broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how
much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
2010 Jun 14, Lisette Lee, a
California woman traveling to Ohio on a private jet, was arrested at
the Columbus airport with 506 pounds of marijuana stashed in 13
(SFC, 6/17/10, p.A8)
2010 Jun 14, Floodwaters
inundated parts of Oklahoma City following 10 inches of rain.
(SFC, 6/15/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 14, A spokesman for
Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai's said US geologists have discovered vast
mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion.
Militants attacked Afghan and NATO forces outside of Jalalabad city.
The resulting firefight left two police officers and five attackers
dead. Roadside bombs killed four police officers in Wardak province
and one in Kandahar province. A remote-controlled explosive killed
four people in Helmand province. A second roadside bomb killed two
others in western Herat province.
(AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010 Jun 14, Britain’s new
Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) put the deficit for the
financial year to March 2011 at £155 billion ($299 billion), or
10.5% of GDP.
(Econ, 6/19/10, p.57)
2010 Jun 14, Indian security
forces killed 10 Maoists in an operation that involved about 2,000
men to clear a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand. One paramilitary
policeman was also killed in the fighting, which began late the
2010 Jun 14, In northern India
at least 52 people drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river
in Uttar Pradesh state.
(AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010 Jun 14, Iran’s state radio
said Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, a move likely to
be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming
Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers.
2010 Jun 14, An Iranian airport
official said 71 Iranian women "improperly" dressed were prevented
from boarding flights in recent months, as a police crackdown on the
behavior of young people intensified.
2010 Jun 14, The Israeli
Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a
Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism
as the EU pressed Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it
"unacceptable." Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle
in the West Bank, killing an Israeli police officer and wounding two
others. On July 19 the Shin Bet security service said five
Palestinians, accused of being members of a Hamas cell, have been
arrested for killing the Israeli policeman.
(AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 7/19/10)
2010 Jun 14, Iraq's new
parliament convened for just under 20 minutes in what was little
more than a symbolic inaugural session because of unresolved
differences over key government positions.
2010 Jun 14, In Mexico
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim
and Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that foundations run
by Gates and Slim will each donate $50 million to the 150 million
2015 Meso-American Health Initiative. The Spanish government will
contribute the rest.
2010 Jun 14, In Mexico gunmen
killed 15 federal police officers in separate attacks. 12 officers
died in an ambush near a high school in the western state of
Michoacan. 3 gunmen were also killed in a clash with soldiers in
Michoacan. Assailants killed 3 more officers in Chihuahua City. At
least 29 inmates were killed as rival gangs clashed inside a prison
in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state.
2010 Jun 14, In North Korea the
relatives of former economic official Pak Nam Gi and other officials
were collected and forcibly loaded into a wagon before being sent to
the prison camp. The information was made public on July 6 by
Seoul-based Good Friends on its website.
2010 Jun 14, In Peru thousands
of workers blocked a key highway, risking clashes with police at La
Oroya where Doe Run, a US-owned smelter, is at the center of a
bitter year-long environmental dispute. The protest marked the start
of an indefinite strike to compel the government to push back a July
15 deadline imposed on the US firm Doe Run to comply with new
2010 Jun 14, In the southern
Philippines a brazen gunman shot and killed Desidario Camangyan (52)
of Sunshine FM radio, as he hosted a singing contest before shocked
spectators in Davao Oriental province's Manay township.
2010 Jun 14, In Spain Barcelona
City Mayor Jordi Hereu announced a measure to bar the use of
face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. He insisted it
was not specifically religious saying it is aimed at all dress that
impedes identification, and thus includes motorcycle helmets and ski
2010 Jun 14, Some 100,000
minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kyrgyz massed at the
border, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit this Central Asian
nation in decades as fires raged in the southern city of Osh for a
2010 Jun 14, Vietnam and the US
agreed to US financing worth 500 million dollars aimed at boosting
American exports for high-priority infrastructure projects in the
2011 Jun 14, President Obama
became the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official
visit to Puerto Rico. Despite sweltering temperatures, he was
greeted enthusiastically by thousands of Puerto Ricans. Obama spent
time with Luis Fortuno, the island’s Republican governor, and he
gave a speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the culture
and heritage of the Puerto Rican people. Regarding the issue of
Puerto Rico’s status, Obama said there should be a referendum, and
if the voters choose statehood, or choose independence, his
administration would respect their
2011 Jun 14, Former Utah
governor Jon Huntsman, announced that he will be a candidate for the
Republican presidential nomination. Huntsman, considered a moderate,
served as President Obama’s ambassador to China before resigning a
month ago, in preparation for his presidential run.
Jun 14, At its annual conference in Phoenix, the Southern Baptist
Convention, until thirty years ago a nearly all-white organization,
elected an African-American pastor, Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of New
Orleans, to the position of first vice president. This is the
highest position ever held by a black minister, and was seen by
members as further proof that the Convention is committed to ethnic
2011 Jun 14, The Wallow Fire in
eastern Arizona has now burned more than 733 square miles, and is
about to become the largest wildfire in state history.
2011 Jun 14, In
California US District Judge James Ware has upheld the ruling made
by another judge, Vaughn Walker, which overturned a ban on gay
marriage. In August 2010, Walker ruled that California’s Proposition
8 discriminated against gay people. Opponents of gay marriage
appealed, saying Walker should have recused himself because he is
gay and thus unable to be impartial. But Judge Ware rejected the
appeal, saying that with such logic, a female judge could not rule
on any cases where a woman was seeking legal relief, and a minority
judge could not rule on civil rights
(LAT, 6/14/11)(Reuters, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, In an effort to
help combat childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School
District agreed to stop serving flavored milk; neither chocolate nor
strawberry milk will be available in school cafeterias after July 1.
(LAT, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, A collection of
121 works of art, including Jackson Pollack’s “Lucky,” considered a
masterpiece, was donated to Stanford University by philanthropists
Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter Mary Patricia
Anderson Pence. The art will be housed in a new facility, to be
called the Anderson Gallery.
(San Jose, CA Mercury-News, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, In northern
California Jerry Wayne Steele (60) shot Cecilia Mortenson (14) and
her mother, Ashley Volore (49), after botching an attempt to kidnap
them in Crescent City. Steele had molested the girl over a 4-year
period. Steele shot and killed himself as police approached. Cecilia
was removed from life support on June 17.
(SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)
2011 Jun 14, The Wisconsin
Supreme Court reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to all but end
collective bargaining for public workers.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 14, In Washington DC,
Catholic University has decided to put an end to co-ed dormitories.
John H. Garvey, president of the college, believes that single-sex
dorms will minimize binge drinking and casual sex.
(Washington Post, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, The much-delayed
stage play “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” finally opened on
Broadway. Originally scheduled to open on February 18, 2010, the
project endured financial problems, accidents that injured several
cast members, and criticism from preview audiences, which led to the
firing of the play’s original director, Julie Taymor.
2011 Jun 14, In Brazil a
landless peasant activist was reported killed by a gunshot to his
head outside his home in Brazil, the fifth murder in a month likely
tied to the conflict over land and logging in the Amazon. The body
of Obede Loyla Souza was found over the weekend in the dense forest
surrounding his home in the landless settlement of Esperanca.
2011 Jun 14, Canada Post locked
out all its employees, saying more than a week of rotating strikes
by unionized letter carriers and other postal workers had cost it
too much money.
(Reuters, 6/15/11)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.30)
2011 Jun 14, In Chile the
Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano once again was spewing clouds of ash,
disrupting a growing number of flights throughout South America. The
main airports in both Argentina and Chile remained closed. The cloud
of ash threatened to delay next month's start of the Copa America
football tournament in Argentina.
2011 Jun 14, Indian officials
signed an agreement with the World Bank to use a $1 billion loan to
finance a new effort to cleanup of the Ganges.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 14, The government of
India has announced that in July, it will withdraw the last of its
attack helicopters from the UN peacekeeping mission in the
Democratic Republic of Congo. The news of the withdrawal
caused concern because Indian troops have played a major role in the
UN’s ongoing effort to prevent civil strife in Congo from worsening.
(Washington Post, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, In Iraq PM
al-Maliki linked assassinations of security officials to his own
government and said a militia of more than 400 men had been set up
within the Interior Ministry. At least 8 people were killed after
gunmen stormed a local council office in Baquba, Diyala province.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A3)(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 14, In Libya NATO
forces resumed airstrikes on the capital city of Tripoli.
Journalists were not told what specific sites were being targeted,
nor how long the bombardments would continue.
2011 Jun 14, In Mexico charges
against a former Tijuana mayor, allegedly caught with 88 guns at his
home, were dismissed and a judge refused a request to hold him in a
murder investigation. The next day Assistant Attorney General
Patricia Bugarin said the judge who freed gambling magnate and
former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon acted with "bias and subjectivity" in
dismissing the federal charges. Police said 2 dead men have been
found hanging by their hands off highway bridges around the city of
Monterrey in less than 24 hours.
(AP, 6/15/11)(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 14, Mongolia opened
its first official US consulate in San Francisco.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.D1)
2011 Jun 14, Myanmar government
troops battled rebel fighters of the Kachin Independence
Organization in an effort to force them from a strategic region
where China is building major hydropower plants. The fighting has
left 20 people dead and forced 2000 to flee.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 14, The UN declared
Nepal free of land mines after the last one was destroyed.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 14, Pakistan’s top
military spy agency has reportedly arrested 5 Pakistani informants
who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid
that led to the death of bin Laden. Army Major Amir Aziz has not
been seen since the May 2 raid. He had lived adjacent to bin laden’s
compound fro several years. Some 35-40 people were said to have been
arrested countrywide on suspicion of working for the CIA on the
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 14, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands protested in several major cities calling for the
creation of a transitional presidential council and demanding that
Pres. Saleh and his relatives face trial.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A4)
2012 Jun 14, In Alaska 5
Japanese climbers on an expedition to scale Mt. McKinley were caught
up in the avalanche. One managed to escape and 4 were left missing.
2012 Jun 14, The Washington
Post reported that the United States military is expanding a secret
network of air bases across Africa in order to spy on Al-Qaeda and
other militant groups in a program dating back to 2007.
2012 Jun 14, A US federal judge
sentenced former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford to 110
years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion
over two decades.
2012 Jun 14, In West Oakland,
Ca., a fire at a construction site disrupted the BART transbay
service for 12 hours. Federal investigators later said arson was the
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.C7)
2012 Jun 14, In Afghanistan
neighbors and regional heavyweights met in Kabul to try to tackle
common threats and problems together. The one-day conference
included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey,
Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Representatives
of 15 other countries, most of them Western, and a dozen regional
and international organizations were also attending. 3 border police
officers were killed when their truck hit a roadside bomb in
Nangarhar province. An officer with the national intelligence
service was killed in a suicide bombing in Kunar province.
2012 Jun 14, Australia
announced a 2.3 million-square-km marine preserve expansion creating
the world's largest network of marine reserves which will restrict
fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to
safeguard the environment and access to food.
2012 Jun 14, Bahrain's appeals
court acquitted 9 medics and cut the jail terms of 9 others for
their role in anti-regime protests last year, in a case widely
criticized by rights groups. Two others arrested in the crackdown,
who remain at large, did not appeal. Many of the 20 medics, 15 of
whom are doctors, alleged they were tortured in prison.
2012 Jun 14, Bank of England
Governor Mervyn King said the country would launch a scheme to
provide cheap long-term funding to banks to encourage them to lend
to businesses and consumers. It will flood Britain's banking system
with more than 100 billion pounds, seeking to pump credit through an
economy struggling to escape recession under the "black cloud" of
the euro zone crisis.
2012 Jun 14, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense said a British soldier has been killed in a grenade
attack in southern Afghanistan. This brought to 418 the number of
British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in
2012 Jun 14, Apache Corp said
it has made what it believes may be one of the world's largest
shale-gas discoveries in a remote corner of northeastern British
Columbia, a massive field containing as much as 48 trillion cubic
feet of recoverable natural gas.
2012 Jun 14, Egypt's highest
court ruled that former PM Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to
serve under Hosni Mubarak, can stay in the presidential race and
that a third of lawmakers in parliament were illegally elected,
forcing a re-vote in a potential blow to Islamists who dominate the
2012 Jun 14, The Indian
military said Pakistani forces killed one Indian soldier in firing
across their disputed frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2012 Jun 14, In Indonesia mobs
stabbed an onlooker to death, injured four other people and burned
five shops, four cars and more than 20 motorbikes, hours after they
learned police had shot and killed Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman
of the National Committee for West Papua.
2012 Jun 14, In Indonesia
Alexander Aan (30) was sentenced to 30 months of prison and a
$10,600 fine for posting pro-atheist and anti-Islam comments on
Facebook. He was also fined the equivalent of $10,600. Aan was
arrested in January after an angry mob reacting to the Facebook
posts stormed his office, where he worked as a civil servant.
2012 Jun 14, Iran said it
arrested a number of chief suspects in the assassinations of two of
its nuclear scientists in the past two years, and claimed they were
linked to Israel.
2012 Jun 14, Forty three
international aid groups and 7 UN agencies urged Israel to open
Gaza's borders, saying its border blockade violates international
law and indiscriminately harms Gaza's 1.6 million people. Today
marked the fifth anniversary of the imposition of the blockade.
2012 Jun 14, Jordanian
schoolboy Omar Botush (17) pleaded "mistreatment" as prosecutors
pressed murder charges over the killings of his father, mother, two
brothers and an uncle.
2012 Jun 14, Mexican
presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto said Colombian Gen.
Oscar Naranjo (55) has agreed to serve as his adviser on fighting
drug trafficking if Pena Nieto wins the July 1 election.
2012 Jun 14, In Nepal the badly
decomposed and decapitated body of Debbie Maveau (23) of Belgium,
missing for 10 days, was found beneath a hiking trail in the
Langtang National Park.
2012 Jun 14, Somali government
spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said that some 500 al-Shabab
fighters have defected to the government side.
2012 Jun 14, Sri Lanka's former
army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was released from jail last month,
renewed his fight with President Mahinda Rajapakse with a call to
defeat his "corrupt" government.
2012 Jun 14, In Syria a suicide
bomber detonated his van packed with explosives in a Damascus
suburb, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's
holiest shrines. Troops continued to pound rebel-controlled areas in
Homs, while rebels reportedly clashed with government forces in
several other parts of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said 3 civilians were killed overnight in clashes at the
entrances of the Jouret el-Shayyah neighborhood in Homs city.
Another died in the rebel-held town of Rastan north of Homs. UN
observers entered the nearly deserted town of Haffa and found
smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench
of death. According to the Observatory at least 84 people died in
clashes and bombings across Syria, 48 of them civilians.
(AP, 6/14/12)(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012 Jun 14, Syrian authorities
arrested terrorist Mohamed Hossam al-Saddaqa, a member of the
Al-Nusra Front of Al-Qaeda, who was planning to blow himself up
inside Al-Rifai Mosque in Damascus during Friday prayers."
2012 Jun 14, Yemeni forces
killed 15 Al-Qaeda fighters in a clash at a control station in
Shabwa province on the country's only gas export pipeline. At least
48 people, including 40 militants, were killed as the army moved to
take control of Shuqra, Abyan province. 9 people died from landmines
while returning to Zinjibar from where they had fled after the
militants seized it in May 2011.
(AFP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)
2013 Jun 14, It was reported
that a group led by the nonprofit Conservation Fund has purchased
16,645 acres of forest in California’s Sonoma County for $24.5
million. The land, known as Preservation Ranch, will be renamed
(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 14, A state of
Michigan appointed emergency manager for Detroit said the city is
defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and was asking
creditors to accept 10 cents for each dollar owed them.
(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 14, A British court
fined the Sellafield nuclear waste site 700,000 pounds for the
illegal dumping of radioactive material, the latest controversy to
assail an industry that will have a toxic legacy lasting thousands
2013 Jun 14, The Bulgarian
parliament's quick appointment of legislator and media mogul Delyan
Peevski (33) to head the country's security service sparked massive
protests and prompted the president to demand the decision be
immediately reversed. Parliament soon reversed the nomination.
(AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.56)
2013 Jun 14, A new bridge
linking Vidin in Bulgaria with Calafat in Romania opened. It was
just the 2nd on the 500-km stretch of the Danube River that forms
the common border between the Balkan neighbors.
2013 Jun 14, Czech police and
prosecutors said they believe Jana Nagyova, the top aide and alleged
mistress of PM Petr Necas, ordered a military intelligence agency to
illegally spy on three people. Authorities said that Nagyova's
motives were "purely private."
(AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.58)
2013 Jun 14, EU trade ministers
at a meeting in Luxembourg agreed to France's demand to keep its
movie and television industry out of the hotly anticipated
2013 Jun 14, In France the
Airbus A350's maiden flight ended with a safe landing, setting the
stage for intensifying competition with US rival Boeing in the
long-haul wide-body aircraft market.
2013 Jun 14, Guatemala Pres.
Otto Perez said a heavily armed group, said to be part of a band of
drug traffickers, ambushed and killed 8 police officers 120 miles
west of Guatemala City.
(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 14, In northern India
monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By
the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)
2013 Jun 14, In Indonesia Rusli
Zainal, governor of Riau since 2003, was arrested on charges that
included dishing out illegal logging permits to finance a
forthcoming re-election campaign.
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013 Jun 14, Iran held
presidential elections. Results the next day said Hasan Rowhani took
50.7% of the more than 36 million votes cast.
(AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/15/13)
2013 Jun 14, Hezbollah's leader
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his Lebanon-based militants would
keep fighting in Syria "wherever needed" after the US agreed to arm
the rebels in the civil war.
2013 Jun 14, In southern Libya
army Col. Omar Salah was killed in an ambush on his brigade in Kira.
2013 Jun 14, In New Zealand
Google announced the launch of Project Loon, a collection of helium
balloons with antennas controlled to provide Internet access.
(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 14, In the Philippines
2 people died after their ferry sank, but 54 passengers and crew
were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety. The ferry was going
from Albay province to nearby Masbate province.
2013 Jun 14, The Syrian
government dismissed US charges that it used chemical weapons as
"full of lies," accusing President Obama of resorting to
fabrications to justify his decision to arm Syrian rebels.
Government troops and rebels in Aleppo fought their heaviest battles
in months. Rebel fighters walked into the Shiite mosque in Hatla and
trampled on books. An explosion brought down the building, but its
dome remained intact. A video of the demolition was posted on June
(AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013 Jun 14, Turkey’s state
news reported that as many as 73 Syrian military officers —
including seven generals and 20 colonels — have crossed the border
into Turkey with their families "seeking refuge."
2014 Jun 14, Pres. Obama
intervened in a commuter rail strike in Philadelphia, granting Gov.
Tom Corbett’s request to create an emergency board to mediate a
(SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014 Jun 14, In Texas two
people fled a car in Houston after running a red light and hitting
another car leaving 3 teenagers dead and 3 others injured.
(SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014 Jun 14, Afghan insurgents
cut the index fingers off nearly a dozen voters in Herat province
and killed 11 other people, including four election workers, to
punish them for voting in the presidential runoff. A minibus hit an
improvised explosive device in the northern Samangan province,
killing 6 women, one child and 4 men in the provincial capital
Aybak. Kandahar province police raided a building that had been
occupied by the Taliban the day before, setting off clashes in which
police shot dead two would-be suicide bombers but were unable to
prevent another two from blowing themselves up, killing 3 policemen
and wounding another 2.
2014 Jun 14, In Bangladesh
arson attacks and clashes between local residents and Urdu-speaking
stateless people left 10 people dead in Dhaka.
2014 Jun 14, A Cambodian
official said Cambodian workers were leaving Thailand in growing
numbers, with the total who have returned to their homeland this
month topping 160,000. Rights groups say Thai authorities are
coercing the Cambodians to go home and abusing them.
(SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A6)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014 Jun 14, China’s corruption
watchdog said Su Rong, the vice-chairman of China's top
parliamentary advisory body, has been put under investigation for
serious "disciplinary violations," usually Chinese Communist Party
shorthand for graft.
2014 Jun 14, China began
building a school on tiny Yongxing island in the South China Sea to
serve the children of military personnel and others for the
settlement of Sansha, created in 2012. It is part of the Paracel
chain, which is also claimed by Vietnam.
2014 Jun 14, Egyptian security
forces confiscated copies of Wasla (Link), a human rights group's
newsletter, saying the publication threatened the government.
2014 Jun 14, In Haiti Jules
Lionel Anelus, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, lost control of
his car and slammed into a small passenger bus killing 11 people in
Saint Marc. Anelus was injured in the crash.
(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 14, Iraqi security
forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured
Ishaqi, Salaheddin province, from militants. An Iraqi air strike hit
a convoy of Kurdish forces, which have moved into an area of eastern
Iraq during a militant offensive, killing six fighters.
(AFP, 6/14/14)(AFP, 6/15/14)
2014 Jun 14, In southwest
Pakistan a guard for Handery Masieh, a provincial Christian
lawmaker, shot and killed the legislator during a meeting in Quetta.
2014 Jun 14, The Philippines
said it filed a protest last week with Beijing for reclaiming land
on a disputed South China Sea reef, the fourth such complaint in
2014 Jun 14, Polish magazine
Wprost published a recording in which central bank head Marek Belka
told Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz last July that he
would help the government get out of financial trouble if it fired
the finance minister.
2014 Jun 14, In eastern Syria a
strong explosion struck a weapons market in Mayadeen near the border
with Iraq, killing at least 8 people and wounding many others. State
TV said 30 terrorists were killed in the blast.
2014 Jun 14, Turkey said it has
temporarily pulled its diplomatic staff out of the Libyan city of
Benghazi and urged its nationals to leave the east of the country
amid mounting security concerns.
2014 Jun 14, In Ukraine
pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport
plane as it approached the airport at Luhansk, killing all 49 crew
and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the
country's restive east.
2014 Jun 14, In Tanzania a bomb
explosion killed one person and wounded at least seven in front of a
mosque near Zanzibar's capital Stone Town.
2014 Jun 14, In southern Yemen
a suspected US drone targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants,
killing all five passengers.
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